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What Dog Breeds Are Most Likely To Bite?


Although dogs are man’s best friend, not all dogs are friendly. Dog bite attacks happen more frequently than most people realize, and a study found that certain dog breeds are more likely to bite, and cause more damage per bite, than others. At Earnhart Law in Delray Beach, our dedicated legal professionals are here to help you and your loved ones after a dog bite attack. To learn more about your legal options, call or contact our office today to schedule a free consultation.

Dog Breeds Most Likely to Bite

Nearly five million people, mostly children and the elderly, are attacked by dogs every year in the United States. According to the American Animal Hospital Association, a study by the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center found that the identifiable breeds most likely to bite a person in an attack include pit bulls, mixed breed dogs, German shepherds, terriers, and Rottweilers. Other breeds that topped the list include Cocker Spaniels, Retrievers, Chow-Chows, Collies, Huskies, and St. Bernards. The breeds at the bottom of the list that are least likely to attack a person include Dalmatians, Pointers, Great Danes, Pekingese, and Spitz dogs.

Severity of Dog Bites

The study also looked at which breeds caused the most damage per bite, based on the severity of the injuries caused, the average height and weight of the breed, and the head shape of the animal. Pit bulls and mixed breed dogs also topped the list for dog bite severity, given their relative weight and bite strength in an attack. Great Danes also topped the list in terms of bite severity; however, they also rank as one of the breeds least likely to attack a person. The severity of dog bite attacks also varies based on the type of victim involved in the incident. Young children are more likely to suffer severe injuries than fully grown adults, and children are more likely to be the victims of dog bite attacks.

Injuries Caused by Dog Bite Attacks

The injuries caused by a dog bite attack can be catastrophic, resulting in permanent injuries and disfigurement for victims. Many dog bite injuries involve tearing or puncture wounds that are more likely to become infected because of the harmful bacteria in a dog’s mouth. Other injuries commonly caused by dog bite attacks include head and facial trauma, scarring, nerve damage, broken bones, and internal injuries along with the emotional and psychological trauma that comes with this type of attack. An experienced personal injury attorney can help determine the full and fair value of your personal injury claim based on your injuries following a dog bite incident.

Talk to Our Office Now

Dog bite attacks can be devastating for victims and their loved ones, but you do not have to go through this alone. To learn more about compensation for your dog bite injuries, contact the Delray Beach personal injury attorneys today at Earnhart Law for a free case consultation.



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